God’s Perfect Timing

God’s Perfect Timing

After four years of being married and waiting for a child, Maila had already given up her desire to have her own. But just when she had accepted that, God surprised her. Be encouraged as Maila shares how God answered her long-ago prayer unexpectedly.

I married my husband, Mike, in 2008. Since then, we have had a desire to start a family, so I gave up my job and set my sights on being a full-time housewife and mom. Each month, we would patiently wait and earnestly believe that God would give what we had been praying for. But as months and years passed, we slowly began to lose hope.

In March 2011, Mike and I learned that there are worship services at Victory Metro East. It was a Thursday and we were buying some stuff in an office store nearby. I heard people singing so I immediately went out to see where the sound was coming from. When I saw a guard outside the center, I asked him if I needed to be a member to attend. The guard smiled warmly at me and said that everybody is welcome to join the worship service. I told this to Mike, and though we had no plans yet to attend, we checked the worship service schedules and left without thinking much about it.

When Sunday of that week came, I saw Mike having deep thoughts. While on our way to Quezon City, he blurted, out of nowhere, if I wanted to attend the worship service at Victory Metro East. I was caught off guard knowing how skeptical he had been when it comes to attending a Christian church, but I said yes and we headed to Pasig instead.

As soon as we arrived, God immediately spoke to us through the songs. We found ourselves crying while worshiping God. The topic about turning points also ministered to us. It felt as if every word was being said to us and for us. After the service, though it was our plan not to sign up for anything, we immediately did when we found out that we could actually join a Victory group. Both of us brimmed with hope, excited to grow in our faith.

Not long after, Mike and I went through ONE 2 ONE and accepted Christ as our Lord and Savior. During the prayer and fasting week in 2012, our hearts were filled with so much hope that God would finally give us what we had been praying for. We only had one prayer then—to have a child; that’s all we asked from God. However, when we went back to the doctor after that week, the doctor told us that it was still impossible for me to bear a child. I was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome several years back, and contrary to what we had been believing for, my condition had worsened. What the doctor told us took out whatever little hope we had left.

Mike and I then started volunteering in an orphanage and seriously considered the idea of adopting a child. We felt that, maybe, it was not God’s will for us to have a child through natural birth. Maybe He had a different plan for us. Wanting to honor God, we surrendered everything to Him and let go of our desire to have our own baby. It was difficult and painful, but we knew that He would reveal His plans for us in His time.

In October of the same year, while we were waiting for the application papers from the orphanage, something unexpected happened. I suddenly had an urge to buy a pregnancy test kit. I tested the following morning and left it for a while, afraid to be disappointed again with the result. But when I came back to check, I saw what I had been longing to see for years.

Unable to believe that it was finally happening, we canceled our supposed date that night and I tested again. Like the first one, it came back positive! Both of us cried and knelt to the Lord. We could not believe that God had finally answered our long-ago prayer.

So after years of waiting, I finally gave birth in 2013 to our daughter, Kendra. She is now five years old and a living testament of God’s faithfulness. She is God’s unexpected blessing to us, and her birth did not just give us so much joy; it also became a testimony that enabled me to boldly preach the gospel to my family. Indeed, God knows the deepest desires of our hearts; we can trust Him to fulfill His promises in His time.

For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay. (Habakkuk 2:3)

God’s ways are indeed higher than our ways. He loves us so much and He longs to bless us. He did not hesitate to give His only Son to us though we are unworthy. He will also never hesitate to grant the deepest desires of our hearts according to His will. He will not delay. His timing is always perfect.

Always Faithful

Always Faithful

Do you believe that God is still the same God who performed miracles in the past? Have great faith as Reah shares how God stood by her family while her mother battled with stage four breast cancer.

In 2016, my mother was diagnosed with stage four invasive ductal carcinoma. She was already 57 years old, and her doctors felt that it would be pointless for her to undergo an operation because the cancer cells had already spread to other areas of her body. They advised us to just let her live the most of her life—with us, her family—because she might have only a few months left to live.

The news took us all by surprise. Before the diagnosis came out, Nanay would usually just complain about a headache or backache. It never occurred to us that she could have a growing mass in her body, much less a terminal disease. We did not know what to do.

One day, instead of sulking or losing hope, we all gathered in prayer as a family and asked one of our pastors in Victory Pioneer to pray for her.

True to our faith, when we went back to the hospital, the doctors told us that Nanay could still have hormone therapy combined with radiation. We knew that it would still be hard, but it was a relief to know that there was still something we could do. Any little hope we could get at that time was already a big thing for us.

Since Nanay is staying in Mindoro, she would have to fly to Manila for her treatments. Each time I would see her go through the treatments, I would feel so bad inside. It was always heartbreaking to see her in great pain. Seeing her in a helpless condition made me want to give up. But Nanay’s faith strengthened mine.

After a year and a half of treatment, Nanay asked God to let healing be His birthday gift to her this year. Before her scheduled bone scan, Nanay prayed with Tatay and claimed healing for her sickness. She was in full confidence that God would take away her cancer—regardless if it is stage four and her body is not young enough to respond to treatments.

Though impossible, in February this year, Nanay’s bone scan results came back clear. There was no trace of cancer. Not even a bit. It was all gone!

When the doctors saw her test results, they were all in disbelief. Just a few months ago, they requested another test (a PET scan) and like the first one, it came back negative, too. They, along with the rest of my family, are simply in awe of how God made an impossible thing possible.

Now, Nanay is living her life like she never had cancer. She is very active in the ministry and has made a decision to devote her whole life to Christ. Her resolve and unwavering faith in God inspired me to be strong in my faith, too. Each time I would feel the need to give up, I would go back to the time we prayed together as a family and remember how God has been faithful to us through everything. He was faithful then. He is faithful now. He will be faithful in the years to come!

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)

Our God stands with us through all trials in life. He is the same God who performed miracles and healed thousands of people in the past, and He can do the same in our lives. He can make impossible things possible through His great love and grace. Let us not lose hope and believe that He is always faithful.